That was the last time a team in the NFL won a Super Bowl in Week 1. For Giants' fans, the anticipation of the Giants' 2012 kickoff highly trumped the feeling they experienced when the clock hit 0:00. It was a disappointing, sloppy, and at times lethargic effort from the defending champs in their home opener at MetLife Stadium from East Rutherford, New Jersey.
But perhaps that could be taken as a positive. No group played well—not a single one. The D-Line did not get to Romo enough, the secondary blew too many coverages, the offensive line not only continued their poor run blocking, but they let way too much pressure get to Eli Manning, the receivers dropped passes and the running backs had nothing going for the majority of the game.
Yet with all this, the Giants only lost to a team that many have pegged as potential NFC East champions by a mere seven points. And had the Giants stopped the Cowboys on 3rd down with just over two minutes on the clock, would anyone really have been surprised if Eli marched down the field and tied the game like we have become so accustomed to witnessing?
Let me clarify my next statement before the angry fans attack. I am not saying the Giants are going to win the Super Bowl this year. But in 2007, they started 0-2 while allowing 40.0 PPG—we know how that season ended. Last year, 2011, the Giants dropped their first game to the Redskins, and followed that up with an unconvincing win against the Rams. Again, we know how that ended.
The Giants had several chances to take control of the game. Failure to score a touchdown after a Michael Boley interception that brought the ball inside the Dallas five and a David Wilson fumble in Cowboys territory are probably the the two most notable missed opportunities.
Like years prior, the Giants have been hit hard with the injury bugs—and early. They were without two top corner backs, Terrell Thomas who will miss the entire 2012 season due to an ACL injury, the same injury that kept him out for the entire 2011 season, and Prince Amukamara, the Giants' first round pick in 2011 draft, who missed the first nine games of the 2011 season.
If Michael Coe misses more time with a hamstring injury that removed him from last night's game, and Justin Tryon struggles, the Giants may need to look outside the organization for help in the secondary.
While it may very well get worse, a loss in Week 1 to the Cowboys should not be looked into too much. The Giants have been here before. Who knows, maybe getting this loss out of the way early will prevent the second half struggle the Giants so often find themselves in.
Tom Coughlin is one of the best coaches in the entire league. He will get into his team and let them know they just got served some humble pie. The Giants needed a wake up call to make them realize that last years Super Bowl is in the past. It's a new season—nothing is guaranteed.
Here are a few tweets from members of the New York Giants.
Humble pie is disgusting...but we gotta eat it. #BackToWork— Spencer Paysinger (@SpittyP) September 6, 2012
Nobody said it was easy to build a bridge. #backtowork— Justin Tuck (@JustinTuckNYG91) September 6, 2012
I don't believe the Giants should be in any sort of panic. It's a long season. Players will get focused and start winning some games.
The Giants next game is at home on September 16th against the Tampa Buccaneers. With 10 days to prepare, I think they will be more than ready to come out and get their first win of the 2012 season.